As I said here, I dumped my original Star Word in favor of COURAGE.
These are my intentions for the year. Let’s see how I’m doing showing COURAGE in each case.
I will resist hatred, prejudice, and evil, and speak out against all of them when I see/hear them.
- (NOTE: Shaun King seems to have gone dark after our successes in Seattle’s divestment in Wells Fargo to defund #DAPL, and in New York State getting a law passed to raise the age for kids to be automatically tried as adults.) I will resist racism by following the actions of Shaun King. You can sign up by sending an email and when he resumes a campaign, you can join with others to resist racism.
- I will resist evil, hatred, and reactionary government by signing up with Wall of Us. Each week you will receive a list of four actions you can take by writing to your elected representatives to ensure your values are being considered by the government. Some are local, some are state, and some are national. Often you will receive suggestions of products to boycott or hatred to call out.
- I’ve consistently made phone calls – either in support of my representatives positions or to encourage them to speak out. I have both US Senators’ and my Representative’s number saved in my phone and I call, at least, weekly.
- I’ve signed up with People Power – a grassroots organizing effort backed by the ACLU.
- I attended Faith Action Network’s lobbying day in Olympia, WA, and talked with my State Senator, Jeannie Darneille, and aides of my State Representatives, Laurie Jenkins and Jake Fey.
- These are college students at the University of Puget Sound who also attended Faith Action Network’s Lobby Day.
- I marched in the Women’s March in Washington, in Olympia on January 21st, as a mark of protest and solidarity with feminine causes. Mission accomplished here.
I will exercise regularly and eat good, healthy food.
- I will sign up for a circuit training class at the Wellness Center – the class hasn’t started yet, but I’ve begun doing weight work on my own, weekly.
- I will try to get 10,000 steps a day – so far, so good, for the most part.
- I will log my food every day (and no cheating) – again, so far, so good. I’ve made inroads into the weight from my trip to Portland in October.
- I will cook most of the food we eat from scratch, and will be careful of extra salt and additives in any packaged foods – check, check, and check.
- I will cook fresh vegetables when they are available.
- I will continue to get Blue Apron meals whenever my schedule allows me time to prepare them. If you would like to try them, send me your email in a comment, and I’ll send you three free meals (I have at least 5 sets available).
I will make personal contact with at least half of the churches in the Presbytery.
- I will meet the pastors for coffee and a “get-to-know-you” time – I’ve met with the chairs of all the Commissions/Committees, and have attended one Leadership Council meeting.
- The Moderator, Stated Clerk, and I planned and held a very successful “State of the Presbytery” meeting last week.
- I will try to meet with the sessions and invite more participation by Ruling Elders in Presbytery meetings and commissions and committees.
- I will continue to work with the Taskforce on New Worshipping Communities and encourage their work – I’m participating in the PNC for calling a pastor to a New Church Development at the Washington Women’s Correctional Center in Purdy, Washington (part of our Presbytery). We have interviewed six candidates, but, for one reason or another, we haven’t been able to call any of them.
I will work for more racial diversity and harmony in my city and church.
- I will facilitate a discussion group at Bethany using The Cross and the Lynching Tree – We finished the discussion of the book. It was really enlightening.
- I will encourage a dialogue between Bethany and at least one historically Black congregation – no opportunities yet, but I’m working on it.
- Our continuing Interfaith Dialogue will resume in March (and I’ll participate). This year we have added the local Mosque in additional to our Presbyterian Church, a local Synagogue, an Episcopalian Church, and a Lutheran Church.
- I will attend meetings of the City Council, and other opportunities to discuss race in Tacoma – I need to put this on my calendar
I will pray for Big Al as he faces decreased mobility and increasing pain from his back problems. I will try to remember that he is hurting, and not push him to do more than he is comfortable doing – I’m doing pretty well with this one, but it means I often go places and do things that leave him at home alone.